The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star began by calling out Senate Republicans for refusing to allow witnesses, particularly former National Security Adviser John Bolton, to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
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“They told me that I only had 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said, before urging director Quentin Tarantino to make a film on the impeachment saga. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it, and in the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Pitt then dedicated his award to the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker.
“This really is about Quentin Jerome Tarantino,” he said. “You are original, you are one of a kind. The film industry really would be a much drier place without you and I love the ethos you gave Cliff Booth, ‘look for the best in people, expect the worst, but look for the best.'”
He also thanked the film’s crew and his co-stars including, Leonardo DiCaprio.
“Leo, I’ll ride on your coattails any day man. The view is fantastic… I also want to say, while we’re doing all of this, I think it’s time that we give a little love to our stunt coordinators and our stunt crews.”
Pitt went on to praise his parents for taking him to the movies as a child and he thanked his children.
Backstage, reporters asked Pitt why he touched on the impeachment trial in his acceptance speech. His response: “I was just really disappointed with this week. I think when gamesmanship Trumps doing the right thing, it’s a sad day and I don’t think we should let it slide. I’m really serious about that.”
This is the actor and producer’s second overall Academy Award, and his first for acting. He previously won as a producer on 12 Years a Slave, which picked up the Best Picture Oscar in 2014.
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